A good addition to books on the Arctic, in this record of ""the much that has happened"" to a man living at Point Barrow Alaska, since the 1880's. With a dose of wanderlust out of his system, the author landed at Barrow with the Pacific Steam Whaling Company, and recounts the changes the years have brought. His early experiences are fresh, inspite of the numerous books on the subject; and the highspotting of the years up to Barrow's becoming a landmark in aviation history covers a tremendous span, and a long-time picture of the Eskimo. The Commissioner's reminiscenses and memories of treks over the ice, of whaling, of his marriage to Toctoo, of fur hunting, of the tragedies that marked the history of the region, of Arctic explorers (Steffansson, Bartlett, Amundsen, Rasmussen, Wilkins), of the deaths of Rogers and Post, of trips ""outside"" -- all make colorful reading. New material on Alaska is needed; it's in the news.